It will be a busy weekend with holiday events throughout the Mountain Area planned to help ring in the Christmas season - all guaranteed to put cheery smiles on faces of the young and young-at-heart.
“A Christmas Carol - A New Musical” opens Friday
A cast of 50 will present six performances of the Holiday classic “A Christmas Carol - A New Musical,” with opening night at 7 p.m. this Friday, at Sierra Pines Church, on the corner of Highway 49 and Covey Court.
Directed by Heather Sconce, with book and lyrics by Keith Ferguson and music by Bruce Greer, the musical is written by the same duo who wrote last years’ production of the well received “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
The show will be presented at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays (Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12), and 2 p.m. on Sundays (Dec. 6 and 13).
Tickets for the show cost $14 for general admission, $12 for seniors, and $10 for children (10 and under).
Details: Heather Sconce, Sierra Pines Church, (559) 683-2882. Tickets: buychristmascaroltickets.com.
North Fork tree lighting Friday
In conjunction with the North Fork Boosters, the North Fork Chamber of Commerce will hold its Christmas tree lighting festivities beginning 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 in the North Fork Post Office parking lot. The theme is “Let it Snow.” Santa will make an appearance, and cookies and cider will be served. Businesses are encouraged to decorate.
The “Let it Snow” theme will carry over into the annual Christmas Bazaar in North Fork, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dec. 5 at Town Hall. “Songs of the Season,” presented by the North Fork Community Choir, will take place later that evening, 7 p.m., at the North Fork Elementary School.
Breakfast with Santa Saturday
Breakfast with Santa, presented by the Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis and the Children’s Museum of the Sierra will be held 7:30-11 a.m., this Saturday, at the Oakhurst Community Center.
More than 850 adults and children attended the event last year.
After breakfast, and visiting with Santa, stop by the Children’s Museum of the Sierra, 49269 Golden Oak Drive, for Secret Santa Shopping, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.. Children will receive Santa Dollars to spend in the Museum’s secret shopping area. Gift selections for Mom and Dad and siblings will be wrapped for the children, so their secrets will stay safe until Christmas morning. The Secret Santa Store is free with admission or membership.
Details: Children’s Museum, (559) 658-5656, Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Christmas at Fresno Flats Saturday
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park will host its Christmas celebration, sponsored by Oakhurst Feed & Pet Supply.
The buildings in the park will be decorated with old-fashioned lights and tree ornaments.
There will be self-guided tours, Christmas carols, children stories, a bake sale, and photos with Father Christmas, the Grinch, and the Cat in the Hat. Homemade soup, cookies, and hot cider will also be provided.
Details: (559) 683-6570 or visit fresnoflatsmuseum.org.
Oakhurst tree lighting Saturday
The Oakhurst Community Tree Lighting activities begin at 5 p.m., Saturday, on the north-east corner of Highway 41 and Crane Valley Road (426).
Sponsored by Sierra Tel, and hosted by Century 21 Ditton Realty and Victorian Village, activities will include Christmas carols, beverages, cookies, a bounce house, petting zoo and pony rides.
Highlights of the evening include the arrival of Santa, courtesy of Oakhurst Fire Station 12 at about 6 p.m., the lighting of the 60-foot Christmas tree, and visits and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Coarsegold America Legion tree lighting
From 5 to 9 p.m. this Saturday, American Legion Post 110 from Oakhurst, along with its auxiliary, will host a tree lighting at the Coarsegold Community Center.
During the event, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be present in a workshop for children’s crafts as well as soup, cookies, chocolate, line dancing, a DJ, and a band. Raffles and other activities will also be held.
Details: Melody DeWolf, (559) 960-8330.
Tree auction Sunday
The Bass Lake Event Center Lake View Room at the Pines Resort will be beautifully decorated with 23 sparkling and glimmering trees, table top trees, and wreaths during the 14th Annual Christmas Tree Auction Sunday, Dec. 6.
The event benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst and other area nonprofit service organizations.
Doors open at 3 p.m. for viewing of nearly 200 silent auction items, with the live auction getting underway at 5:30. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and champagne will be served throughout the event.
In past years, the event has raised a minimum of $10,000 for the Boys & Girls Club, which serves children from kindergarten through 18 years of age and provides them a safe haven and also teaches them life skills in the areas of education, career, health and fitness, technology, character, leadership, and the arts. The club is located at 40094 Indian Springs Road between Oakhurst Elementary and Oak Creek Intermediate Schools.
Tickets for the Christmas Tree Auction can be purchased in advance for $40 from Foster & Parker Insurance at 40055 Highway 41, in the Junction 90 shopping center (corner of 41 and 49). Tickets at the door will be $45.
Details: Christy Smith, (559) 683-9000.
Golden Chain Family Christmas Show Saturday and Sunday
“Adventures at the North Pole” will be held at the Golden Chain Theatre at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6.
This Patti Law production features children as young as five years-old, to a group of adults, one of which is 85 years-young. It marks Law’s 48th year producing, directing, and choreographing the holiday family show.
The colorful and glittery talent show will include adorable elves, outrageous reindeer, dancing Christmas trees, darling snowflakes, and of course, the jolly old man himself from the North Pole.
“This is a fun, holiday family show with lost of holiday songs, dancing, and more than a few laughs,” Law said. “We will even have a retired Mountain Area CHP officer as one of our cute little reindeer, and the always popular dance antics of the H&L Lumber crew.”
Tickets, available at the door, cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for children. The show is free for children three and under.